The owners procured a life-sized picture of the Delta Force star and posted it in the bakery’s window, along with a sign to warn anyone with nefarious intentions to beware, reading, “This shop is under the protection of Chuck Norris.”
It worked, according to Mirna Kovac, a sales assistant at the store:
To be honest we just started it as a joke but it really has worked. Thieves haven’t been anywhere near us for ages. People seem to respect him. Everyone around here has seen his films and he’s quite a popular character, perhaps even among criminals, so they’ve decided to leave us alone.
Apparently, some customers believed that the joking poster was real:
We have had a few customers come in and ask us whether they can get Chuck’s autograph.
They really believe he is sitting in our storeroom out the back ready to pounce on any burglars.
The bakery has not had a burglary in the month since the poster was installed. [Courier Mail]